Death Comes for the Archbishop | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by John J. Murphy

This literature criticism consists of approximately 13 pages of analysis & critique of Death Comes for the Archbishop.
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Critical Essay by John J. Murphy

SOURCE: “Willa Cather's Archbishop: A Western and Classical Perspective,” in Western American Literature, Vol. XIII, No. 2, Summer, 1978, pp. 141-50.

In the following essay, Murphy maintains that Cather's view of history in Death Comes for the Archbishop is “cyclical” in that the heroic archetypes of the American West repeat those of the classical literature of Europe and ancient Greece.

The hero rather than setting or situation is the main thing in Death Comes for the Archbishop. Willa Cather admitted that for a long time she had no intention of writing the novel: “the story of the Church and the Spanish missionaries was always what most interested me; but I hadn't the most remote idea of trying to write about it.”1 What changed...

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